I have been to De La Vega twice and thoroughly enjoyed my food both times. Chef Nora combines ingredients that are surprising and bold, and result in amazing flavors. I went the first time for dinner after being dissed by Cress (long story). We were hungry and wanted GOOD food, not chain restaurant. I happened to see the De Le Vega sign. We went inside and fell in love. The first visit we had several excellent bottles of Spanish red, and shared many dishes at our table. We had the nopalitos, the banderillas, avocado grilled salmon, black bean soup, tortilla soup, and flan for dessert. Everything was incredible, fresh, and service was great.
The second time we went was a little different. I was excited for the lunch tapas menu because half-portions are available. I love to taste lots of little dishes without getting stuffed, and of course the prices are almost half as well. When we got there, we learned on weekends they don't put out the lunch menu at all. We were given the dinner menu, where half portions are not available. I was disappointed by this, since this meant I could not try nearly as much of the menu for budget purposes. That's one of the reasons we love to go out for lunch instead of dinner.
BUT the food was just as good as last time. We shared an order of nopalitos (grilled cactus with pineapple, cheese, etc.), and they were maybe even better than the first time. My other half got the pollo con mole, and I got the hibiscus tacos. Their mole sauce is incredible, and I couldn't stop picking off his plate. But the hibiscus tacos stole the show. Totally unexpected, the hibiscus is so flavorful and meaty. He asked me twice whether or not there was chicken on the tacos. The tacos are full of cheese and a large portion. It's so rich; definitely a sharing dish.
All in all, wonderful place to get delicious unique food. Yes, it's a little pricy but totally worth it for the quality.
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